Nino Rota: Romeo and Juliet (1968)
Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet
o, she doth teach the torches to burn bright
i don’t understand people talking about romeo and juliet… “it wasn’t true love because it only lasted a few days” yet every year our media comes out with movies and tv shows in which the white cishet couple meets and immediately falls in love with each other? and we never talk about that? and how is it impossible to fall in love in three days? and then there’s the people like “romeo and juliet wasn’t about love” but… it was…. about love…? and power… and politics… and lust… and family… and loyalty… honor… all kinds of human-centric ideals and interests? because that’s what shakespeare’s work is like. it’s about a lot of things, and specifically saying ‘it wasn’t about love’ takes away from those that feel it was. besides which, most people’s remarks against it are like ‘lol dumb teenagers thinking they know anything about love teenagers cant be in love its just lust you have to be an adult to be in love stupid dramatic teenagers lmfao’ which just contributes to trivializing the feelings of teenagers/young adults and taking away the agency/voice of those that are younger talking about their experiences. i just… im not very articulate but… erghhh idk it just irritates me ;;_;;
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Romeo & Juliet || Never Let Me Go
ROMEOO, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do.They pray; grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.
JULIETSaints do not move, though grant for prayers’ sake.
ROMEOThen move not, while my prayer’s effect I take.
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I think….yes to both sides of that, to an extent. I don’t buy into the “they knew each other for 3 days and 6 people died Shakespeare was writing about the stupid things teenagers do” reading, I think his writing for them is a lot more genuine than that would imply.
(I definitely also don’t buy into (as my housemate so choicely put it) “Romeo just wanted to get his dick wet” because NO. Romeo’s one of the sappiest saps ever written. Yes he’s obsessed with sex, but he’s also very very much obsessed with captial-R Romantic Love.)
I mean…yes, Rosalind. We see Romeo going from being apparently heartbroken to apparently in love within like three scenes. He’s young and impulsive. Both of them are. They rush into things. They define "not thinking things through properly". Could they have handled things better? Yes. Yes they could have.
BUT ALSO THEY WERE IN LOVE. Their first meeting? Their lines form a sonnet THEY COMPLETE EACH OTHERS’ METER THEY ARE SPEAKING IN PERFECT METER WITH EACH OTHER. Iambic pentameter mirrors heartbeats, and Shakespeare was so thorough with how he used it — when characters interrupt each other, cutting off the end of an iambic line, that’s always a bad sign, or when a character (Edgar in Lear is all about this) speaks in a somehow ‘flawed’ meter, when the stress of a line falls in the wrong place, that’s usually a sign of some inner turmoil.
So like…you will never convince me that Shakespeare wanted us to think of R+J as anything other than IN LOVE.
It’s not like the play is a romance, though — it’s very much a tragedy. But I don’t think it’s (entirely) a tragedy about what stupid things teenagers do when they fall in love. I think it’s much more a tragedy about what awful things happen to the younger generation when an older generation’s family feud gets out of hand. Like, it’s not just Romeo and Juliet who suffer — Mercutio, Tybalt, even Paris, they ALL DIE TOO. It’s the feud that makes this all happen — Romeo and Juliet falling in love and marrying is maybe the direct trigger for the deaths, but it’s not the cause. THE CAUSE IS THE FEUD.
Shakespeare has this thing of sign-posting what’s going to happen in the prologues of his plays — and in R+J, the chorus tells us AT THE START that civil blood makes civil hands unclean. The play is about the feud, It’s about the enormous pressure that’s placed on all the young Montagues and Capulets. It’s about blod lust and revenge and the horrifying domino effects one action can have in such a high-pressure world.
Shakespeare also has this thing where the ending of the play neatly refers back to the beginning — in R+J’s case, the actual ending isn’t the double suicide, it’s Lord Capulet and Lord Montague shaking hands, and the Prince turning up to basically say “look at this look at how badly you fucked up your children, your children are DEAD because of you. now shake hands and make peace and please for the love of god don’t let it go this far ever again”
SO TO SUM UP (wow this is long and it turned into a bit of an essay) yes, I think romeo and juliet were in love. but i don’t think that’s quite the point. i think the play as a whole is about the feud, and the futility of love against such a hugely powerful family obligation, and the awful damaging effect parents’ values can have on the young peoples’ lives.
but at the end of the day if you take anything away from this post i want you to know that THEY SPEAK IN PERFECT METER THEY COMPLETE EACH OTHERS’ SONNET THEIR HEARTS BEAT AS ONE THEY ARE THE DEFINITION OF LITERARY SOULMATES god i’m emotional
shakespeare meme: favourite villains [4/4]
↳ Tybalt, Romeo & Juliet
”I don’t want normal and easy and simple. I want painful, difficult, devastating, life-changing, extraordinary love.”
insp by this x
romeo thought juliet deleted her blog so he deleted his and she was so sad she deleted for real
#You see Juliets parents found her blog and were really pissed so she had to pretend to delete to appease them#but a friend showed her how to do a fake not found page and she just changed her url for a while#she tried to tell Romeo but tumblr ate the ask#Next time I will explain how Iago fooled Othello with photoshopped screencaps from Roderigo’s twitter